The House Ways and Means Committee tax proposal unveiled last month has two provisions to shutter lucrative crypto tax loopholes. These are the subject of today’s blog post: the “wash sale” rules and the “constructive sale” rules, both contained in the Internal Revenue Code at Sections 1091 and 1259, respectively. First let’s discuss the so-called … Continue reading Crypto – Harvest Your Tax Losses / Use Offsetting Positions While You Can – Deadline 12/31
US Social Security and Medicare taxes continue to apply to “wages” for services performed as an employee working outside of the United States if you are working for an “American employer”. Many Americans abroad are employees of a foreign employer and I will write a separate blog post about their situation. Many Americans abroad are self-employed … Continue reading Understanding Self-Employment Tax: The American Abroad
The House Ways and Means Committee recently released its proposal (HWM Proposal) to fund the US$3.5 trillion "Build Back Better Act" reconciliation spending package. Not unexpectedly, the proposal takes aim at high income earners. Here’s a few pointers that are important for many of my readers, especially those with US trusts or those looking at … Continue reading Coming Soon! Higher Income and Capital Gains Taxes & More – Beware Trusts, Expatriation Planning
Many people do not think about the possible US tax planning techniques available to them before they become taxed as US “residents”. Once taxed as a US "resident" (e.g., a green card holder) the individual must clearly understand they are liable for US income tax on their worldwide income, in the same manner as a … Continue reading US Tax Planning Before Immigrating to the United States
An alternative title for this post could be: "Hasn't the State Department Heard About Zoom?" What’s become of the right to relinquish one’s US citizenship? It has been thrown a curveball for the past year and a half. Many US Embassies and Consulates throughout the world are not offering the service. Those that did (or … Continue reading Cannot Expatriate! US Consulate in Dubai – Joining Others Worldwide, Closes the Door on Expatriations
An IRS online account is a safe and easy way for individual taxpayers to view specific details about their federal tax account. The American Abroad REALLY Needs an Online Tax Account How the US taxpayer living overseas would appreciate having such an online account! Time zone differences, long distance telephone charges when trying to reach … Continue reading International Taxpayers Need – But Can’t Have an IRS Online Account
Now that the US Congress and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have digital asset transactions firmly in the crosshairs for investigations and reporting, we are in the midst of what I will call crypto-currency tax anxiety. Millennials may make up a larger group of persons dealing with crypto, and may be very concerned about prior … Continue reading Is There Really a “Solution” for Crypto Tax Noncompliance?
When a US person has any involvement in any way with a foreign trust, extreme care is required to make sure that all of the strict US tax filing responsibilities are met. Surprisingly, for US tax purposes, a trust can be treated as “foreign” even if it is created in the US under US laws. … Continue reading Double Whammy – US Owner and Beneficiary of Foreign Trust Held Liable for 2 Separate Penalties! Failure to Report as “Owner” and Failure to Report as “Beneficiary”
The US Senate released legislative text of a 2,702-page bipartisan infrastructure bill (HR 3684) on August 1, 2021. It includes proposed tax law changes as well other budgetary offsets. One of the biggest revenue raisers is contained in Section 80603 of the bill “Information Reporting for Brokers and Digital Assets” (to be found on page … Continue reading What’s Happening with Crypto “Broker” Reporting and the Infrastructure Bill?
My recent blog post covering the Federal Transfer Certificate generated various questions about the US estate tax for foreign individuals who die owning US properties. US Estate Tax - Overview Briefly, the US estate tax is a “transfer tax” and not an “income” tax. This transfer tax is asserted against the estate of the individual … Continue reading Personal Liability for Tax – Estate Executor for a Non-US Decedent …. “Accidental” Executors Included!